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9/5/21

  • Note - this is the FINAL week to sign free agents for the 2021 regular season.  Transactions in Weeks 25 and 26 are for cuts and IR moves only.

9/4/21

  • A quick note on the suspended game from April 11 between Miami and the Mets that finished earlier this week. We count stats for suspended games at the time the game is completed and the suspended game became Miami's Game 132 and New York's Game 131. Usually those stats are just normal, but usually suspended games have at least several innings played on the original date. In this case - only 2 batters appeared. With that in mind, BWB made these judgments regarding stats usage:
    • There were several players on Miami's starting lineup on April 11 who were traded before the game's completion and they all had zero or one at bats.  The Miami stats on Aug 31/Game 132 for those players were ignored and instead we used their current team's Game 132 stats.  This affected: Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, Adam Duvall, Chad Wallach, and John Curtiss (no team has Curtiss in its rotation right now, but his start would have been discarded).
    • Two Mets currently on the IL started that day and with the Mets the home team, they never had an at bat. Their "appearance" was ignored for New York's Game 131: Luis Guillorme and Tomas Nido.
    • Marcus Stroman faced 2 batters.  This start was discarded from the starting pitching queue.
  • 2 Division Champions from the September 3 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Gone But Not Forgotten League - Brooklyn Dodgers Division: Larry, Pedro, Kenny Hill and the 1994 Expos (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2021) - Defending league champion - 3rd division title in the league's 3 years of play
    • The Kings of Queens - McGraw Division: Doc and Straw and Mookie!!! (owner Jason Kiernan - 3rd win in 2021) - Also won the division in 2019

9/3/21

  • 3 Division Champions from the September 2 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Philadelphia Athletics Division: Cleveland Spiders (owner Michael Rudolph) - Defending league champion - 2nd division win
    • Big Red Machine League - Tony Perez Division: Atlanta Redbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander) - Repeat winner
    • Deuces Wild League - Biggio Division: Sugarland Cards (owner Michael Quinn) - 3rd straight division win - 7th overall; League champ in 2019

9/1/21

  • Roughly about the same time every year, from the August 29 games in Game 121...congratulations to our first Division Champion: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Scooby Doo League - Fred Division: Where Are You? (owner Jason Kiernan) - Where was the last undefeated team this year, going 17-0 to start the season. Defending league champion; 3rd division title

8/22/21

  • Roster expansion is in play for games during Weeks 23-25.  You can start setting those specific taxi/minor spots now - a week early - so that you don't have to do it all in one week.

8/16/21

  • This is the final week this season to move any players to your Prospects Roster
    • More information about this is on the selection form and in the rules
    • Essentially you have the ability to protect up to 5 minor league players and they won't count against the 28-player limit for your roster carryover into 2022.
    • Each move costs 250, so you must have enough cash on hand to make those moves

8/6/21

  • With Game 100, we've reached the 2/3 mark of the regular season

8/5/21

  • Ten days until the trade deadline - trades are due by Week 20 - deadline is Sunday, August 15 at 7 PM EDT.

8/1/21

  • 2021 first-round pick Kumar Rocker did not sign with the Mets by the MLB deadline.  He will be removed from the player list this week - any signing attempts of Rocker this week will be discarded.
  • When players are traded, quite often they are going to a team that has played either more games or fewer games than their original team.  For ease of keeping track, BWB does not track the dates that players are traded, but does check the MLB game number of the games that they played.
    • This is kind of a liberal interpretation and it may allow for an extra game or two to be counted.  For example, If a player sat out Team A's Game 100 and played in Team A's Game 101, then got traded to Team B that has only played 98 games so far, if he plays in Team B's Game 100, he'll get credit for those stats.
    • This can also mean that a player is going to miss some games if he goes from a team that played fewer games to a team that has played more.
    • When there are duplicate MLB games for a player, the one that happened first on his old team will be counted.
    • I'm just processing the MLB box scores from the past 3 days and something I noticed that will be of interest to Anthony Rizzo owners.  Rizzo had already played for the Cubs in Chicago's MLB Games 102 & 103.  With the Yankees, Rizzo homered in both of the Yankees' Games 102 & 103.  But because we take the first game played, you're not going to see those HRs in your games from Rizzo.

7/28/21

  • First round draft picks of 2021 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • Players that do not sign contracts with their MLB teams by the August 1 deadline will end up being ineligible to be signed and will be removed from the player list next week.  The good news this year is that deadline happens before the first transaction deadline to sign them.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2021)"
    • You'll also find them by looking for players who are new to the list in Week 18, although they will be mixed in with other players added this week by making their first MLB appearances.

7/26/21

  • Note - a couple of people have pointed out to me some odd data on the team stats for starting pitchers.  When I can find time, I'll poke into this.  It's not affecting game scoring - there may be some issue in how I'm pulling together the stats at the end of each week.

7/23/21

  • In case you missed Thursday's email, a reminder that this week is the final week to submit contract extensionsDeadline is Monday, July 26 at 5 PM EDT.

7/20/21

  • Important deadline dates coming up
    • Sunday 7/25, Week 17: Final week for contract extensions (with delayed processing of Week 16, this deadline will likely be extended)
    • Sunday 8/1, Week 18: This week will be the first week that 2021 first round draft picks will be available to sign
    • Sunday 8/15, Week 20: Trade deadline
    • Saturday 8/21, Week 21: Final week to place players on the Prospects Roster

7/15/21

  • For Week 16 lineups - you may reorder your pitching rotation from scratch - we will not check on games of rest between Weeks 15 and 16 - it's our version of the All Star Break.  Lineup deadline is Sunday night.

7/14/21

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Sundays at 7 PM Eastern

7/7/21

  • This is the final week to get a salary rebate for players you cut. Deadline is Monday at 7 PM Eastern.

7/5/21

  • We've reached the halfway point of the season with Game 75

6/29/21

  • We start 3 weeks of games back in your division

6/18/21

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Mondays at 7 PM Eastern

6/15/21

  • Warning - the upcoming week for transactions/lineups will be short.
    • Most likely I'll post the results of transaction submissions for Week 11 late on Wednesday night.
    • With Week 12, we'll move our weekly transaction/lineup deadlines to Monday nights
    • Plan accordingly - those of you with many teams may have to cut back on what you normally do each week.  Please put your priority toward getting your new signees into your lineups.
  • Important deadline dates coming up
    • Monday 7/12, Week 15: Final week to get a prorated salary rebate for any released players
    • Sunday 7/18, Week 16: All teams get an extra 1000 in cash prior to the contract deadline
    • Sunday 7/25, Week 17: Final week for contract extensions
    • Sunday 8/1, Week 18: This week will be the first week that 2021 first round draft picks will be available to sign
    • Sunday 8/15, Week 20: Trade deadline
    • Saturday 8/21, Week 21: Final week to place players on the Prospects Roster

6/12/21

  • With Game 50, we've reached the 1/3 mark of the regular season.

6/9/21

  • Next week - we can't process transactions again until Wed night, so we're going to delay the shift to Monday deadlines at least one week.  Week Eleven deadline is Tuesday night, June 15 at 7 PM Eastern - see Season Deadlines

5/31/21

  • Two Mets rainouts this weekend are causing a bit of havoc in our schedule.  The next set of games won't post until Wednesday now.  We need to finish those games in order to get the transaction order and the financial results for the next set of transactions.
  • The Mets play only 5 games next week, so we're not going to catch up any time soon - it gets better after mid-June when they start playing some doubleheaders to make up the missed games.
  • But be prepared - we're going to have to try to keep our transaction/lineup deadlines as much as possible (so that for the most part you're setting lineups before the pertinent games are played).  This may mean we can't post transaction results and reset for the next week until a couple days after the deadline.
  • This will mean at least a couple of very short weeks - be prepared.  For those of you with 20+ teams you may not be able to do as much as you would typically like to do.

5/14/21

  • Orphan Clearance - Any orphan team is available for free for the remainder of the 2021 season.
    • Current list of orphan teams
    • Normal charges will apply for next season
    • If you'd like to take over one of the Expert League teams, let me know.  This will be for 2021 only, unless your team wins the division (or another one of your teams wins the Benchwarmer Bash or is the Winners Circle League champion in 2021).
    • If you're new to BWB and want an orphan team, your first step is to sign up for a site ID.  Otherwise send me an email with your team choice.

5/11/21

  • Reminder - Weekly deadlines have moved to Tuesdays!  This week's transaction/lineup deadline is tonight Tuesday 5/11 at 7 PM EDT.

5/6/21

  • We start 8 weeks of games outside your division with the beginning of Week 4
  • Note: Every 5 weeks we change the transaction deadline day to better match the mapping between MLB games and BWB games.  Starting this week, and for Weeks 6-10 our lineup/transaction deadlines are due on Tuesdays

4/30/21

  • 14-0: Jason Kiernan's team in Scooby Doo League - Where Are You? - is still undefeated.  And we're down to 3 teams still looking for their first win - see Around BWB
  • I stated yesterday that the next score update would be on Saturday.  Actually, we still need to wait for the Mets to play 2 more games, so instead look for that update on Sunday

4/27/21

  • We're down to 1 undefeated team (Jason Kiernan, Scooby Doo League) but still 8 teams without a win.

4/26/21

  • After 10 games, there are 2 teams across BWB who are undefeated.  Unfortunately, there are still 12 teams looking for their first win.

4/24/21

  • It's a little early in the season - 14/15ths of the regular season still remains - but here's our 1-page look at comparing teams across all the leagues in the BWB universe: Around BWB

4/17/21

4/16/21

  • It's BWB Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Game 1 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 2 & 3 - is expected on Saturday.

4/11/21

  • 2021 Schedule posted - you can see this in a number of ways:
    • Weekly schedule for your entire league - this is the link I'll post on the home page when we score games, it's also available on your league's home page and in the footer of every web page - the "Results" link.  This page will show the results and links to box scores.
    • Full season schedule for your league - a text representation of each 3-game series for this year.  It's also available as a link on the league home page and on the weekly schedule.  This page will not show game results.
    • Full season schedule for your team - A running record of all your games (or check out another team), including YTD record at each game, a link to the box score, and a look at upcoming pitching matchups.  This is available from a link at the top of the weekly schedule page.

4/4/21

  • Week Zero Transactions Posted
    • Any teams with cash balances above 5000 were slated to be cut down to that level (exceptions: new leagues, new owners taking over orphan teams, and orphans adopted on or after Week -2) - however, see the special extension below
    • Teams were then provided with an extra 2000 in Opening Day cash
    • Players may start getting added to the player list from here on out - as they appear in their first MLB game
      • Players are only added at the time of the posting of transaction results - so you don't have to be searching daily for new additions.
      • You'll find the new players in the player/free agent list - find the drop down box for "New in 2021" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.
  • Week One Transaction/Lineup Deadline - modified from Wednesday to Saturday, April 10 at 1 PM Eastern
  • Maximum Cash Balance - enforcement delayed - this will eventually get codified into the rules as something we'll do every year
    • Because of the nature of blind transaction submissions - teams may have planned out to get the balances below the limit, but after perhaps not being able to sign the players they wanted, the cash balances are now too high.
    • In trying to cut people a break, this list of teams that are over the maximum cash balance still have a chance to use their cash before losing it.
      • Because all teams have been given 2000 in cash for Opening Day, the new maximum balance is 7000
      • The teams on the list can only work their cash down via contract extensions - no additional player signings are available
      • Use the normal contract extension form to submit your choices
      • Before we process Week 1 transactions, we'll run a special contract extension round only.  After those extensions are processed, any of the teams that still have balances over 7000 will be cut down to that amount.
      • Then we'll move on to run the remainder of the Week 1 transaction submissions as normal.
      • The deadline to complete this is the same as the Week 1 transaction deadline - Saturday 4/10 at 1 PM EDT
      • Only the teams on this list need to be concerned about this

4/3/21

  • Deadline Extension: Week Zero transaction lineup deadline pushed back to tonight at midnight Eastern
  • Assuming Washington is able to start playing on Monday, the Nationals won't play their 6th game until Sunday, April 11.  This now makes our current target for the first BWB game to post on Monday 4/12.

4/1/21

  • Happy MLB Opening Day!  You might be asking...when do we start playing games?
    • First, understand the Five Game Gap - if you're new to BWB or just need a reminder, check out the explanation of how MLB games map to BWB games
    • So we need to wait until all teams play MLB game #6 to get to BWB game #1. 
    • Most MLB teams are scheduled to play their game #6 on Wed., April 7.  However, Cleveland is not scheduled to play #6 until Friday 4/9.
    • So we're going to target Saturday, April 10 as the first day to post BWB scores.  Of course, weather and postponements due to Covid-19 can affect the schedule.

3/31/21

  • Reminder: your teams' cash balances need to be below 5000 after processing this week's transactions or the balance will be cut down to 5000.  Need to take a quick pass again to see where you stand?  Check out the all my transactions page which displays the estimated cash balance for you after the transactions.  Changes in cash balances due to trades are not part of that calculation estimate. Cash balances above 5000 are displayed in red (I apologize to anyone who is colorblind).

3/30/21

  • Game Night League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 draft is now complete - your league moves into weekly transactions (next deadline is Saturday 4/3).

3/29/21

  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 draft is now complete - your league moves into weekly transactions (next deadline is Saturday 4/3).
  • Week -1 Transaction Results Posted
  • - Week Zero deadline is Saturday night, April 3 at 7 PM Eastern
    • This is an extension from the planned Thursday deadline because two leagues are just finishing up their drafts.
    • Week 1 lineups will be due on Wednesday, April 7 - start getting them set now.
  • Week Zero transaction order
    • For returning leagues, it's the same as it was in the Redistribution Draft
    • For new leagues, once they are done with their drafts, the order will be sorted by team total payroll (ascending)
    • The order does not change for Weeks 1 and 2 - then starting in Week 3 it will change weekly depending on 2021 standings

3/28/21

  • Game Night League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part One is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • There are still a few teams that do not have a legal roster yet, so we continue with Phase Two of the draft - your next set of picks are due on Monday night, March 29 at midnight Eastern - This is a quick turnaround in order to give you more possible time for one week of free agency/trades before the season - if you cannot do picks by Monday night, please let me know ASAP and I can extend the deadline.

3/27/21

  • 2021 Weekly Transaction/Lineup Deadline Schedule posted
    • Every 5 weeks, the deadline day shifts to try to stay in sync with the MLB schedule
    • I hadn't really analyzed the MLB schedule in the last few years, so after doing that, our weekly deadlines for Weeks 1-5 are on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays
    • When we get to Weeks 16-25, our deadline days are actually 1-2 days ahead of schedule for most MLB teams - so for 2021 our transaction deadlines on Saturdays and Sundays will be at 7 PM Eastern instead of Noon Eastern. Deadline time is 7 PM for all of Weeks 1-25 unless there are extensions
  • Reminder - be careful of cutting guys with high salaries in Week -1 and Week Zero.  You need to have your team's cash balance below 5000 after the transactions in Week Zero.  If you cut an injured player like Nick Anderson or Kirby Yates you're going to get 80% of the salary rebated to you immediately.  If that cash puts you above 5000 and you don't spend it on another player or on a long term contract, you're going to lose any cash in excess of 5000.  Cut the guy in Week 1 or later, and you'll keep the entire rebate.

3/26/21

  • We're getting down to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due Sunday night at midnight EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are likely due Thursday, April 1 (but with drafts just finishing, this may get extended) - teams in returning leagues will lose any cash balance left over 5000 at that time (and then all teams get an extra 2000).  Starting a few of years ago, there are exceptions to this rule:
      • Any orphan teams acquired by an owner for his/her initial season of BWB are not subject to the maximum cash balance
      • Any orphan teams acquired where the extra 4000 cash is credited on Week -2 or later does not have to quickly reduce (We're currently in Week -1, so pick up an orphan now and your cash is safe)
      • And - any teams currently in orphan status will not be subject to a cut.
      • See the rule
    • Week 1 lineups will be due TBD - I'm spending some time this weekend to look at the MLB schedule and line up the BWB deadline dates accordingly.
  • 2021 Roster/lineup clarifications
    • We increased the size of the Taxi Squad this season from 4 to 10 to help get around the potential for more players sitting out due to Covid and because of some of the oddities of salaries based on the 2020 season that makes some guys unable to be put in the minors.
    • The IR spot on your roster - where a player will sit out for the remainder of the year - will stay at it's normal size of 1 and not the expanded 2020 size.
    • If any player opts out of the season due to Covid, we'll follow the 2020 special rule for how that was handled.  This may need some adjustments to the rules around those items based on the season schedule, but let's see how much this happens.  To this point, only Ian Desmond has opted out and he was only on one BWB roster.
    • Lineups and game scoring will be normal this season - we will not use the expanded roster rules that allowed Taxi Squad and minor leaguers to fill in.  Expanded rosters will be used as in normal seasons in Weeks 23-25.

3/25/21

  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • There are still a few teams that do not have a legal roster yet, so we continue with Phase Two of the draft - your next set of picks are due on Sunday night, March 28 at midnight Eastern

3/24/21

  • Game Night League - Live Draft Results Posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Saturday night 3/27 at midnight Eastern
  • Orphan Team Blowout - We're past the Redistribution Draft and several weeks of free agency - so let's try to move the remaining orphan teams for 1/3 the price.

3/15/21

  • During the Week -4 financial updates, I mistakenly deleted the fees that were to be deducted from teams to move players to IR and move players to the Prospects Roster.  There is a special financial update, dated 3/13/21, to reinstate those fees.  Sorry to mess up anyone's Week -3 transactions as a result.
  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase One Draft is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated after the results for Phase One.
    • We now enter Phase Two of the draft - your first set of picks are due on Friday night, March 19 at midnight Eastern
    • Note: It looks like you'll be able to change your lineups right now even though the deadline for other leagues has passed.  However - any changes you make now before transactions are updated for the other leagues later on Monday will likely be overwritten - so you should probably wait until that happens.

3/14/21

  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase One Draft - contested pick resolution complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Coming on Monday night - we'll populate the rosters and open up Phase 2
  • Live draft time set for Game Night League - Sunday, March 21 at 5 PM Eastern - just 1 spot left

3/13/21

  • Last call for new leagues!
    • Great Lakes League will not run in 2021 - not enough teams and not enough time left to run a list draft
    • But we still have 4 open slots for Game Night League
      • This is a live draft - drafting the first 20 players of your roster using the ESPN system
      • Draft date will be Sunday, March 21 - time TBD, but we'll settle on that soon (start time will probably be somewhere in the range of 6-8 PM Eastern)

3/12/21

  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase One Draft is underway
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Posted now - unique picks by team and a listing of the contested players
    • Coming this weekend: We'll start to resolve the contested picks

3/11/21

  • Covid-related changes for the 2021 season:
    • The taxi squad size will be increased by 6 - from 4 to 10 players
    • There is no decision yet on whether "expanded rosters" will be used for the season
    • Transaction warning messages are not yet updated for the new limits - those updates will be in place by this weekend

3/2/21

2/22/21

2/16/21

  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a unique form of fantasy baseball as we play 150 individual head-to-head games in a season simulated from daily MLB stats - this isn't a Rotisserie game.
    • New leagues to start in 2021 are open - sign up now!
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  Teams have cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2020 squads.  And they are currently in the Redistribution Draft that gives teams with bad records in 2020 a good advantage in rebuilding.  After that, they'll be putting their finishing touches on their 2021 opening day rosters with free agent signing and trades.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2021 that you can join to begin your dynasty.  Or, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, view our available orphan teams ...pick up an existing team and rebuild it, rather than start from scratch.
      • If you're a first-time owner, you play under the "rookie rate" of $35 for your first team (normal price, $65)
      • Orphan teams are also just $35 - about 1/2 the normal price.
      • If you're interested, your first step is to sign up here.  Then go ahead and pick out a new league or check out the orphan list again.
    • Are you already a BWB team owner and want to add teams?  Check first to see if you have an available bonus team from 2020 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

2/14/21

2/13/21

  • Deadline extension - for now, the deadline for the first Redistribution Draft picks is pushed out 12 hours until tonight -  Saturday night, midnight EST
    • You can check all your lists for errors (and remember it's OK to leave some of your list with Round = 0 as those players will be kept on your list until next week).
    • Are you skipping the draft because your cash balance is too low?  Don't forget that this is your first chance at players picked in the first round of the 2020 draft plus any players added from the 40-man rosters in mid-January.
  • Reminder - Are you getting "deceptive site" warnings while using Chrome to visit BWB?  One quick suggestion is to try a different browser.  However, you can also change your security settings in Chrome to prevent the constant warnings and perform your tasks without interruption.

2/12/21

  • The first submissions for the 2021 Redistribution Draft are due tomorrow afternoon.  Deadline is Saturday 2/13/21 at Noon EST.
  • A reminder - if you are seeing an error for your draft list that indicates some of your picks are still listed with Round Zero - that's OK and not a true error.  BWB will retain those picks on your list for the adjustments for Rounds 2-5.  This allows you to queue up a bunch of potential picks and then after we do Round 1 you don't have to add them again.  Between weeks, BWB will remove players from your list if they've already been picked by another team.

1/29/21

  • How do you pick players for the Redistribution Draft?  Visit your team roster and just above the list of players you'll see the link "Choose Redistribution Draft Picks."
  • We're going to toss around a few rule change ideas including size of the taxi squad and the allowable salaries of minor league players.  With continued existence of the Covid virus, we might also be looking at expanding the taxi squad size again this season (maybe not as much as in 2020).  However, for the duration of the Redistribution Draft, we're going to work with the standard 40-man roster limits and the standard limits on the number of players you can have on your roster making over 250 in salary.

1/28/21

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2021 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have a little over 2 full weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Saturday 2/13/21 at Noon EST.
  • For more information, see the rules regarding the Redistribution Draft
  • There are 2 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds - or at least as much as you can, because if any of your listed picks/alternates are gone by your turn in the order, we'll pull up picks from Round 2 and beyond to make sure you get 3 selections.
    • After Feb 13, we post the results of only Round 1 only - any drafted players will be removed from the remainder of your lists.
    • You'll have almost 2 weeks to redo draft lists (if you choose), then we post the results of only Round 2 (again removing drafted players from your rounds 3-5)
    • Then one more week for an optional redo of your draft lists, and we post the results of Rounds 3-5
  • The season calendar of deadlines is not yet updated for 2021, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sat 2/13 Noon EST - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun night 2/21 Midnight PST - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun night 2/28 Midnight PST - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • Any players on your Prospect Roster have been moved back to your 40-man roster.  You can begin to move players to prospect status again after the Redistribution Draft.

1/26/21

  • There are still some teams to get legal rosters.  I'm not home tonight so I'm physically unable to process the cuts until very late Tuesday night or on Wednesday, so I'm extending the deadline for now until tonight at midnight Eastern (this was originally midnight Pacific but the person with the most teams to fix just completed).
  • We'll adjust the deadline for the first redistribution draft picks accordingly.  Some of you ask for extensions when the deadline is Super Bowl Sunday, so this way we avoid that.
  • With this little extension, this also gives everyone a shot to reconsider any decisions about Masahira Tanaka
    • At the time the roster cuts are processed, all 2021 salaries are deducted for the players you keep
    • If Tanaka later signs with a team in Japan - you can cut him after the Redistribution Draft, but you will only get an 80% rebate for his 2021 salary.
    • Your choice is to keep him and take the chance he finds a home in MLB and risking losing 20% of his salary if he doesn't - or cut him now and risk that he does in fact stay in the US and you've lost the pitcher.
    • Obviously if you have Tanaka under contract for 2021 or beyond, you've already paid for him and you won't get that money back, so you only risk taking up a roster spot by keeping him, you're not risking any cash.
    • Where do you have Tanaka?  You can view all your rosters and search for him on the web page or check the all your players page
    • To be clear, if the deadline passes but a Tanaka signing in Japan is announced before I process the cuts, Tanaka will be removed from all rosters at that time and teams will not be charged for his 2021 salary

1/25/21

  • While we wait for tonight's extended deadline for roster cuts, I've reset the transaction order for the Redistribution Draft and the off season.  Remember that we had a Covid-season change that, among other things, put the winner of the Bottom Feeder Open in the first spot of the order rather than the team with the worst record.
  • There are still some teams that are not at the 28-man limit.  Some it appears haven't started, some are over one of the limits.
    • Check your teams for errors
    • I don't want to do the cut downs for you - so I've extended the deadline until 1 AM Eastern time tonight.  Depending on the feedback I get it may go a little later, but every extension will cut into the time that everyone else has for the first set of Redistribution Draft picks that are due on Sunday, Feb. 7.

1/22/21

  • Are you getting "deceptive site" warnings while using Chrome to visit BWB?  One quick suggestion is to try a different browser.  However, you can also change your security settings in Chrome to prevent the constant warnings and perform your tasks without interruption.
  • Reminder - you must cut your rosters down to 28 or fewer players by Sunday night (midnight Pacific Time)
    • You'll have to pay the 2021 salary for the players you keep at that time.  You will not receive additional cash until Opening Day, so keep enough for the Redistribution Draft and for pre-season free agency.
  • If you're going to be paying for individual teams and not one of the packages, you can save $5 per team if you pay by Saturday night at midnight Pacific (or shown on the site as 3 AM EST on 1/24/2021).  See your payment summary.

1/20/21

  • New leagues are open for 2021.  We're listing only 3 to begin with - if there's additional demand later this winter we can add more.
  • Do you want to try to resuscitate a troubled franchise rather than begin one from scratch?  There are a number of orphan teams that you can adopt and attempt to rebuild.
  • Did you win a league championship or win one of the other postseason tournaments (or be named a conference champ)?  Then you earned a free bonus team that you can use in 2021 for either a brand new league or as an orphan.  You can check to see if you have any bonus teams in your list. (Bonus teams weren't added to any Cooperstown Club members - you can grab an extra team for no additional charge at any time).

1/18/21

  • Week 30 Transaction Results Posted
  • - Winter Trade Period #2
  • Next deadline is for your roster reductions to 28 or fewer players - deadline Sunday, January 24 at midnight Pacific Time
  • With the trading period done and everyone about to cut down your rosters, all the trade rumors have been cleared out to start fresh for a new season.
  • 119 New players added to the game based on the 40-man rosters for MLB teams
    • This is the only player addition until after Opening Day
    • To find them - In the filter/search area of the player lists, look for the "New in 2021" menu - See the list of new players

1/17/21

  • Anyone who paid over $100 in total team fees in 2020 got missed in calculating the credit due back to you for the shortened season.  That's been fixed and you'll find an updated payment summary.
  • New leagues are open for 2021.  List draft leagues draft when they fill - deadline dates are estimates and targets for filling.  Live drafts have tentative dates and times set aside for them already.

1/12/21

  • 2021 team fees are posted
    • Check your payment summary
    • Because about 2/3 of the 2020 season was wiped out, there are discounts for 2021
      • For teams paid on a per-team basis, roughly 2/3 of your 2020 payment has been credited to your 2021 fees.  Typically the discount was spread across your teams - look in the "Other Discount" column with the heading "OD" on the summary page.
      • For team owners who purchased a full-price Season Ticket in 2020, you'll have the chance to get a 2021 Season Ticket for $150 - about half off the normal $295 cost.
    • Pay by January 24 and get an early payment discount
    • If you're adversely affected by the pandemic and recession and will have trouble with your 2021 team fees - please contact me and we can arrange something.

1/9/21

  • Winter Deadlines - CHANGES: (pushing things back one week)
    • Sunday, January 17: Winter trade period #2
    • Sunday, January 24: Rosters cut down to 28 or fewer players
    • Sunday, February 7: Redistribution Draft - picks for Round 1
    • Subject to change. All deadlines are at midnight EST.
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